Ellen Mirojnick is a legend in costume design. Her work spans everything from Basic Instinct to Chaplin to Speed to the new HBO bio-pic Behind the Candelabra. I spent a really nice breakfast recently with Ellen talking about a lot of things. I’m going to break it into two interviews, but I wanted to share with you Ellen’s thoughts about making Liberace come to life – helping to transform Michael Douglas into a flesh and blood version of someone so flamboyant he could be easily disregarded as a cartoon. Ellen’s work on this film is jaw-dropping, and I can’t wait to see the film – it airs at 9PM Sunday night, May 26th, on HBO. Read on for more here and join us for breakfast, won’t you?
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Review Date: 10-14-12
Release Date: 10-12-12
Runtime: 120 minutes
Period: 1979 – 1980
Costume Designer: Jacqueline West
In 1979, Americans working at the US Embassy in Tehran were taken hostage. Six of them escaped and sought refuge at the home of the Canadian Ambassador. One man helped them out of Iran. This is the premise of Argo. Based on the true-life story of CIA agent Tony Mendez, the film is gripping, absorbing, and kind of a nail biter. It’s one of the best films I’ve seen in some time, and the costumes and characterizations are top notch.
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Ever since I saw I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, I have been in love with costume designer Ruth E. Carter‘s work. Carter is an twice-Academy-Award-nominated costume designer (for her outstanding work on both Amistad and Malcolm X), and has a long list of fantastic films and television series to her credit. I loved what she did with Frankie and Alice, and thought you might like to know more about her process and work on the film!
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Review Date: 8-6-09
Release Date: 12-16-77
Runtime: 118 min.
Period: Contemporary, 1977
Costume Designer: Patrizia von Brandenstein
Tony Manero is a nineteen-year-old Brooklyn paint store clerk by day, living with his parents. At night, however, he rules the dance floor at the 2001: Odyssey dance club. Saturday Night Fever describes his existence, straddling these two worlds, and coming to terms with the expectations his family has for him and his siblings. Saturday Night Fever is, in the end, much more than great dancing and an iconic soundtrack; it is about growing up, being accountable for one’s actions, and taking responsibility for one’s own life and happiness.
** NB: This film is rated R, and the plot described herein may not be appropriate for kids. **
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Chris from the UK blog Clothes on Film gives his insight on this iconic film…
Sleazy sex, drugs, violence, foul language, rape, racism, homophobia, suicide – if you only remember Saturday Night Fever for its Bee Gees soundtrack and lurid fashions, you’re in for a serious shock. This is one of the bleakest, yet most compelling movies of the seventies.
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